Monday, June 17, 2013

June Newsletter!

Wow, June is so flying by. I almost can't believe it. We hope you are having lots of fun, enjoying summer activities (when it's not raining :)). We are having lots of fun here at the shop and can't wait to share our news with you!
June 18th, 25th6-10 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm 
July 11th, 18th, 25th, and 30th: 4-5 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm 
We are planning on having the children's art show in September, so we are hoping parents can bring back in some pieces for the show by then.
Also, just fyi, I would love to do private art lessons with older kids and adults if anyone is interested.  
Adult art and craft project classes will start back up in August.
We have some very cute 4th of July papers in at the shop :). Mom made this adorable centerpiece with some of the papers.

Our DIY this month is on how to make decorative fireworks. It helps to start with a tube of some sort. The plastic center of a tape roll, a narrow wrapping paper roll, or empty spool. If it's a wrapping paper roll, start by cutting it down to the height you want. Cut some cute patriotic paper in a strip the height of your tube. Glue it onto the tube, wrapping it around as you go. Next cut a circle out of red tissue paper. Make your circle slightly bigger than the top of your tube. Run a line of glue around the top of your tube. Place your tissue circle on top of your tube and fold the edges down onto your line of glue. For the wick, we used white floral wire, stuck it down into the tissue, and glued a gold star on top. And voila!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Baby Ties, Pillow Boxes, and Furniture

Just wanted to post photos of a few of our new items at the shop. I've had some requests for baby ties and small gift boxes and they've been on my to do list for a while so it feels good to get some done.
I tried the bow tie one on my 6 month old nephew and it looked so adorable I almost didn't want to put it out for sale :)
I've been meaning to make these for about a year now. :-o We've had quite a few people ask for small gift boxes for gift cards, certificates, and small items like jewelry and I kept thinking that I should make these. Finally did a custom one the other day for a customer and it spurred me on to make some more :)

And of course, I have to show off some of our new furniture pieces. The small writing desk/secretary is already sold, but I love the vintage wallpaper I used on it so I wanted to post it anyway. :) I have been waiting for the perfect piece to use it on and was finally able to. I still have some of it left, so I'll be keeping a look out for another piece it will work on.

A new dresser that Mom did that is just gorgeous!
And finally, a piece that we have been working on for a long time. Such a cool piece, but it needed a ton of repair work. Not something we normally like to do, but this piece was just too cool to pass up :)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Succulents and Etsy Items

My love for succulents is growing, if that's possible. I already adored them. I think it started about 6 or 7 years ago when my mom planted a succulent container garden at her house and we poured over books with gorgeous photos of brilliantly colored succulents. One of those books was "Designing With Succulents" by Debra Lee Baldwin.
I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in succulents, or even just beautiful photography. Available here on Amazon. That love grew when I visited Phoenix during springtime. Along with the blooming cacti, there were a variety of gorgeous succulents.
And I've been just loving all the succulent wedding bouquets I've seen lately and succulent wedding stationery. All of this, inspired me to create my own succulent stationery. I drew a combination of succulents onto a rubber stamp block and then carved out the image. I used two or three different colors of inks to ink the stamp and ended up with these:
I'm very happy with them :). The yucca plant was a stamp I had made earlier and decided to have some fun with again. So these are up on Etsy here. And I also made a few new bridal hair flowers.
Feels good to get a few more things up on Etsy. :) Hopefully more to come!